Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks to play Kings in regular-season finale

Our daily look at Blackhawks news and the happenings around the hockey world.

The Chicago Blackhawks close out the regular season against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday at Staples Center.

In Hawks prospect news, John Dahlstrom scored the eventual game-winner in Medicine Hat’s Game 1 win over Lethbridge. Alexandre Fortin (QMJHL Rouyn-Noranda) and Matthew Highmore and Nathan Noel (QMJHL Saint John) each had an assist in Game 1 victories. Alex DeBrincat also had an assist as Erie evened the series against London.

Blake Hillman and Denver will play for a national championship against Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday at United Center.


**SCH is looking for an assistant editor (SCH)

**Rockford Report: IceHogs can’t find offense in Iowa (SCH)

**Former Hawk Bickell hints at possible retirement in tearful interview (SCH)

**Ducks' Ritchie suspended 2 games for roughing Blackhawks' Rozsival (CSN)

**Campbell-TvR pairing gives Hawks defensive depth (Chicago Tribune)

**Cruising Hawks not sweating any stunted momentum (Chicago Sun Times)


**Butcher, DU senior and Avs draft pick, wins Hobey Baker Award (Denver Post)

**Is Sobotka’s new contract that bad? (St. Louis GameTime)

**Wild goalie Kuemper hopes to find bright spot in rough season (Star Tribune)


**Every 2017 NHL college free agent signing in one place (SBN)

**RECAP: Lightning stay alive in wild-card race (Raw Charge)

**Watch: Lightning’s Kucherov scores his 40th goal of the season (Raw Charge)

**Sabres’ Okposo released from hospital (Die By The Blade)

**Golden Knights' Duke signs pro tryout with AHL's Wolves (theScore)

**Bobrovsky is the runaway favorite for Vezina Trophy race (SBN)

**Blue Jackets recall Carlsson (Jackets Cannon)

**Oilers sign 2014 fourth-rounder William Lagesson to 3-year ELC (SBNCH)


**U.S. defeats Canada in OT to win 4th straight women's worlds (The Ice Garden)

**Denver’s Tanner Jaillet wins 2017 Richter Award as top netminder (SBNCH)

**OHL Playoffs: Raddysh hat trick leads Otters over Knights in Game 2 (Sportsnet)

**QMJHL Playoffs: Dove-McFalls’ OT winner lift Sea Dogs past Foreurs (Sportsnet)

**WHL Playoffs: Barzal returns as Seattle scores win over Everett (WHL)